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A trade for Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this offseason, multiple league executive sources said, in the likely event a deal is not completed before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Fitzgerald's salary-cap number balloons to $18 million next season, and the team could save $8 million by trading him.
Arizona and Fitzgerald either will have to agree to a restructured contract or a trade that would allow each side to go its own way, with the wide receiver finishing his career on a franchise that has won more consistently than Arizona.
The rumor didn't seem to affect Fitzgerald on Sunday, however, as he caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown while becoming the youngest receiver ever to collect 800 receptions.
"I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win," Fitzgerald said after the Cardinals' 27-13 win over the Falcons. "If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that. I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team."
|Larry Fitzgerald's salary-cap figure for 2014 could make trading him an option, according to sources.|
Fitzgerald has battled a left hamstring injury this season, his first with quarterback Carson Palmer.
Last season, in which the Cardinals started four different quarterbacks, he struggled to 71 catches for 798 yards, snapping his streak of seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving at five.
He is the franchise's all-time leader in several categories, including receptions (796), yards receiving (10,835) and receiving touchdowns (81).
Fitzgerald's dad, Larry Sr., said his son likes his life in Arizona.
"He likes living in Arizona and playing for the Cardinals," the elder Fitzgerald said. "As long as that's the case, he's going to do his job. That's what he does."
Information from ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss and Ben Goessling contributed to this report.